Ellen DeGeneres says she's “still waiting for that puppy” 15 years after coming out gay episode aired.
“Today's the anniversary of 'The Puppy Episode' of my sitcom,” DeGeneres tweeted to her nearly 11 million followers on Monday. “I'm still waiting for that puppy.”
The talk show host was referring to the 15th anniversary of the broadcast of her character's coming out on the ABC hit sitcom Ellen.
The Puppy Episode was an enormous ratings success and became a cultural phenomenon but a backlash from social conservatives led to its cancellation after only one more season as advertisers, including JCPenney, pulled out. DeGeneres, who also officially came out, was driven out of Hollywood.
“I didn't work, didn't have any money. No one [in the business] would even talk to me on the phone,” DeGeneres told PARADE.
She turned things around by convincing Hollywood that she was “not just gay” but “a funny woman who happens to be gay.”
Today, DeGeneres is married to actress Portia de Rossi, hosts her own syndicated talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and ranks 33 on Forbes' list of the most powerful people in the entertainment business.
And JCPenney? They hired DeGeneres as their spokesperson.
Source: On Top Magazine